Despite repeated calls by the international community, including the United Nations, the EU, ASEAN and the Burmese democracy movement, the “new government” established after the recent flawed electoral process continues to refuse to release almost 2,000 political prisoners held in Burmese prisons. Their immediate and unconditional release is one of the key benchmarks necessary for genuine national reconciliation to take place. Bo Kyi is joint-secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma.

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